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. the key role of the united states for better or worse in haiti's recent history. >> reporter: unlike the earthquake that's focused international attention on it once again, haiti's fate has not been inevitable. once the richest colony in the americas, a slave revolt against the french occupation occurred, haiti was established as the first black republic. under threat of invasion, the country agreed to compensate france for loss of property. a debt that took 120 years to repay. and launched a cycle of debt, dependence and instability. after almost three decades of dictatorship, former catholic priest jean bertrand aristide was elected. just nine months later, he was ousted in a military coop. death squads rampaged through the country. terrorizing aristide supporters. in 1994, then president bill clinton and a fleet of u.s. marines, backed aristide's return to power, but not before he agreed to a program of economic adjustment, monitored by the international monetary fund and world bank, marked by downsizing, privatization and deregulation. tariffs on foreign rights for example, were
neighbooods. the united states sent troops, and the united nations authoriz a peaceeping mission to pacify the gangs and some say the aristeed supporters in t country'sslum. the u.n.ission has been controversial in haiti. accused of killing indiscriminately the people 's suppos to beprotecting. since 2006, the country has continued struggle for stabilit in 08, foururricanes kild at least 800 pple and caused more than a billion dollars in damage. oath last year it did international financial institutio and the united states finally cance haiti's 1$1.2 billi debt. the u.n. has appointe clinton its special envoy f haiti as international aid begins flowing into the cotry once again, the queion remains. can a former u.s. president and ign aid really deal with the afrshocks of haiti's history? avi lewis, al jazeer >> f moreon haiti's history of hardshi we're joinedy our editorial consultt, peter eisner, a long-time correspondent who spealizes in latin america d the cariean. good to see ou, peter. lookinat the entrencd oblems that iti already faced, what you see as some of the main challenges f
not demonstrated this capability. as the president of the united states noted in his state of the union address last night, the bank bailout was about as popular as a route canal. -- as a root canal. well, it appears that chairman bernanke will be reconfirmed, but i want to express with my vote that the leaders of president president obama's economic team must pivot from the necessary rescue of our major financial institutions to equally if not more necessary help to america's families. in prioritizing the recovery of wall street, leaders at the fed and the treasury, i believe, made significant errors in several key areas. failing to establish a due process mechanism to legally make adjustments to wall street pay, bonuses, and counterparty liabilities so they all had to be paid 100 cents on the dollar. hoarding the tarp reserve for banks long after banks were secure when families were desperate for help, but no, they clung to that reserve just in case the banks needed it. never mind the present need of american families. third, allowing the banks to prevent families in this chamber fighting aga
foundry respect for the united states military. >> the military i have been dealing with the 82nd air porn the me aspiring to a new level. >> as the official body count in the haiti earthquake surpasses 150,000 frustration over the pass of relief. >> we have doctors at the airport and we have a nurse here that said she had 8 tons of medical supplies already on three planes in chicago that she cannot get flown in here. >> i certainly feel their str frustration. i see it on the streets. i go out every day. >> desperate, hungry and some just grieving looters go through the ruins taking everything not tied down. tonight we focus on the angels striving to redeem hell on the earth. also tonight kimberly has the latest on drew peterson, the sex clinic trying to tame the tiger and jay leno striking back. we begin in haiti with the latest. >> hi everybody welcome to a place that every american indeed every person of goodwill should be proud of. the amazing emergency medical center erected by project medishare part of university of miami global institute. behind me the dormitory for doctors. coming
and about a tans. the united states military says some relief drops have been orderly with thousands of people waiting patiently. military leader tell me tell us they expect 11,000 troops by the end of today, 4,000 on the ground, 7,000 on shore. former president clinton arrived in port-au-prince a few hours ago with his daughter, chelsea. he's the united nations envoy to haiti. maybe no population is more vulnerable that are the orphans. jonathan hunt found and orphanage where dozens of children are just trying to hang on. >> there are 26 babies here. many of them, in fact most, were due to be adopted by american families. it's an open question whether they will survive at all. there's no formula for the babies in the orphanage. they're being given regular milk that's not good for them and gives them diarrhea, adding to the danger of dehydration. the situation is desperate. they need aid, they need it quickly. they need food, water, formula, and medical supplies and are getting none of t they have not seep a single aid agency or u.n. personnel. they have not seen military or police h
-by-case basis. we spoke to one couple who adopted children and today dozens more arrived in the united states. the latest from jonathan hunt and the assistant secretary of state joins us live in 2 1/2 minutes. Ășn >> shepard: more from haiti and a update on a story we've been following, a orphanage with over 100 children, some waiting for adopt active parents in the united states are hungry and dehydrated. jonathan hunt has been reporting from the orphanage in port-au-prince and is live with the latest. hi, jonathan. >> reporter: shep, we got word about two hours ago there may be looters targeting this orphanage, the house of the children of god we reported from extensively over the last couple days. we rushed down to see if that was true. i'm happy to report it's not. the 135 babies and children here are all safe. for now. they still have know protection. there are still no haitian cops stationed outside this orphanage. in fact there are very few cops on the streets of port-au-prince at all, another sign of the almost total collapse of the haitian government. all three branches of the govern
. there are a lot of folks here in the united states who have, as you mentioned, family members, relatives or friends there. they need that information. i'm glad that you were able to provide it for us. chris lawrence, one of a team of reporters who have arrived there in haiti and will be following the story throughout. there's a big part of this story that is actually taking place in the united states. specifically, in south florida. there are some 350,000 haitians living in south florida for, governor charlie crist, this is one very busy day. there you see him. i have been monitoring his comings and goings throughout the day as he meets with community leaders and tries to take care of the problems that are coming about. it's been a sleepless night for him and for his aides. he will join us in just a little bit. stay there. big deal, pe 5uade him. is it wise to allow a perishable item to spoil? he asked, why leave a room empty? the additional revenue easily covers operating costs. 65 dollars is better than no dollars. okay. $65 for tonight. you can't argue with a big deal. >>> being from
do nothing, that health care costs will continue to strangle small businesses in the united states, will continue to further increase their grip around the throats of families in the united states and all we hear when we go back to our districts is about the cost of health care. and this is president obama's attempt and the attempt of the democrats to try to fix this problem. by doing absolutely nothing we're going to see an $1,800 a year increase in the average family of four's health care costs next year. and then another $1,800 the following year and another $2,000 and it will just keep escalating to the point where it eats up the whole family budget and you're paying more and getting less in coverage, really. so it's eating up the whole family budget, less money to spend on tuition, less money to go on a vacation, less money to increase your family's quality of life. maybe move into a better neighborhood, a better school district. and all of these things are not available to families because of the increased cost in health care. and so doing nothing allows that to continue beca
income of the united states. what's the best gauge of the economy may well be what you'll see on the ground. in beijing, the financial crisis has been a story they've read in the papers. people worried earlier this year, there are a lot of signs that at least in this corner, things are okay. it builds confidence, especially when so many other countries are suffering from a recession. but the government says 8% is the minimum needed to keep this economy going. there's a belief that the most terrible times are over, which means the targets set for 2010 may well be even higher. melissa khan al jazeera, beijing. >>> a few other economic items tonight. the u.s. labor department indicated the number ofuv americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by an unexpected 36,000 last month to 482,000. in europe, lloyd's banking group said it will cut another 585 jobs next year, on top of the already 15,000 reported job cuts last year. general motors said today it will cut more than 8,300 more jobs across europe in its opal subsidiary. gm will close this opal factory u 2600 workers.
states became a global power and i'm thinking back to the monroe doctrine about the united states and our sphere of influence, you are asking about strategic interest in rebuilding haiti. i do think that there is interest on the part of the united states strategically to engage haiti and make sure that this epic human catastrophe resolves itself, and this is going to take a very long time, but look, the united states was the first one to announce humanitarian help. we're always the biggest contributor when natural disasters happen in the world. no other country on the face of the earth in the history of the world does more to help people in situations like this than the united states of america. we always deliver. the question is, how best to do this? and when you look back since 1992, since the clintons were in office, what you've seen is a dedication of $3 billion from the united states going into haiti. it is still incredibly poor despite all of this effort on the part of the united states and other nations. in fact, haiti has the greatest number of nongovernmental organizations, ngos,
to be in haiti at the time of the disaster. crowds have lined up at the united states embassy in an effort to get out and they are not the only ones. >> if you are haitian mother with a valid visa, raise your hands, please. >> shepard: many showing identification papers and telling stories of the horrors they witnessed over the past week. as you might imagine, travel is still restricted about the bulk of airport activity reserved for delivery of aid supplies. we have been reporting on the united states military response to the crisis in haiti. you heard about the troops expected to be in or near the area by the end of today. tonight we are getting more concrete numbers about the effort. according to the white house. the united states has 33 helicopters flying in haiti with 15 more on the way. the navy and coast guard have five ships in the region thus far and crews have delivered nearly 90,000-pounds of cargo include gd food, water and medicine. all good news but it will not go very far with millions of people trying to stay alive. so the pentagon says it is trying to ramp up its work. military c
? to the united states or places beyond. yet the u.s. is saying, don't even think about. we will repatriate you, we will deter you. that's correct, right? >> well, i think the united states is saying that we want people to stay here and help rebuild haiti. those who have -- who want to go to the united states, who want to go legally, obviously, we don't have any problem with that. >> what if they turn up illegally? what if they get across throughout desperation? is there a humane process to deal with them, or will they just be locked up? >> i've gone to the radio many times and explained to the hatian people, they should stay here, there'll be a lot of money here, a lot of opportunities here, and when the time comes to rebuild this country, the united states will repatriate people on the high seas, because it's a dangerous voyage, because we know many thousands of people have lost their lives over the years attempting that. and that's not something we think people should statement. there's a legal way to seek immigration to the united states and we're going to encourage people to pursue those a
. >> your honor, you said in an interview you were worried about the direction the united states was taking away from capitalism and with the government government, more towards socialism. how do you feel now? >> there was a book written about islam called what went wrong. i think the united states deserves another book. what went wrong politically, economically and financially. they began with a bubble and then ended up with another bubble. the -- i think the united states needs to restudy all -- and evaluate what happened in the past decade or maybe 20, 30 years. i'm not sure the you states is -- they're down but not out. the potential is there but you need to look inside and see what you can do on many areas, politically, economically, financially, et cetera. >> i had steve forbes here earlier. you're featured in their annual, one of the richest in the world, number 19. we quibble over you're worth $21 billion or $25 billion. >> i don't really -- i don't dwell on that. i keep to mr. forbes. >> what do you think about president obama? >> i think he needs more time. clearly on his plate, t
, the largest loss of life in the history of the united nations on a single day. the united states has been there from the beginning, and the military has been great, the response by the state department and aid has been great. i just can't say enough about it, and the people in haiti know it, and i'm grateful. secondly, i'd like to thank president bush for agreeing to do this and for the concern he showed for haiti. you know, before this happened, my foundation worked with the pepfar people on the aids problems in haiti and i saw how great they were and what they did and how many lives they saved. finally, let me say that i don't have to read the website because they did, but i want to say something about this. right now, all we need to do is get food and medicine and water and a secure place for them to be, but when we start the rebuilding effort, we want to do what i did with the president's father in the tsunami area. we want to be a place where people can know their money will be well spent, where we will ensure the ongoing integrity of the process. and we want to stay with this over t
before it wi catch up with the per capita income of e united states. what's the best gauge of the economy may well be what you'll see on the ground. beijing, t financial crisis has been a story they've read i th papers peopleorried earlier this year, there ar a lot of signs that at let in corner, cha, things are okay. it blds confidenc especiay when so many other countrie are suffering from arecession. but the government ss 8% is the minimum neededo keep this economy going. there's a beli that the mo rrible times are over, which meantheargets set for 2010 maywell be even higher. messa khan al jazeera, beijing. >>the number ofmericans filing for unploymentenefits increased by an unexpect 36,0 last month to 2,000. in europe, lloyd's banki group said it will cut another >> and then you pull back. >> do you ink chi isaware there could be this growing bubble and what to do. >> money can be so cheap you inflate bubbles toughout your econy. ina made the cision that they wanted to hve theisk of bubbles, the risk of inflation by keeping their economy growing. more importantly, hurting the global e
for resources for decades. we've seen especially last decade, countries like china, the united states, of course, other countries around the world coming to latin america for all sorts of resources. lithium is a big one but we see soy, iron ore, copper, a basket for the rest of the world. >> is that a concern for the united states? if we see japan and especially if we see china coming to south america, are we not there or where we should be, perhaps? >> it is an zero sum game. we trade with china as well. we're not competing for a lot of these resources. in the end, what the demand, is everything from iron ore to chicken parts to soy really helps grow these economies as well. the issue is that a lot of the chinese companies are there just to extract resources. these are the most exploitative industries that many people denounced.they were there extra resources in latin america before. >>> it is more of a concern for the south american countries themselves than it is say for the united states they engage in the most abusive labor practices, very little environmental controls. so that is part of t
the ambassador from haiti to the united states, that more than 100,000 are feared dead or missing as a result of this earthquake that rocked haiti almost 24 hours ago. more than 100,000 people. we heard the same thing from the prime minister of haiti just a few hours ago. susan candiotti is now on the scene for us. just a little while ago filed this report. >> reporter: over my shoulder you will see some of the thousands of homes that are built into the side of the mountains here. these ones you see over my shoulder incredibly were not impacted by the earthquake, but as we flew from the dominican republic into port-au-prince, we began to see right away some of the devastation caused by this earthquake. we saw, for one thing, a lot of homes that were employeded, looked as though they had been imploded. then when we finally set down or helicopter at the airport here, we saw cracks in the airport, we saw people teeming outside, lined up, but patiently, without causing problem, waiting to see if they could get a commercial flight out. there was no way that was going to happen, but the real impact
into the airport as well. >> there was the indication last night from the haitian ambassador to the united states that communication was very, very difficult with the haitian government. explain some of the challenges that poses to the obama administration, to all these agencies that want to get involved when it's very difficult it trying to find out exactly who you can talk to in haiti. >> well, the problem is you can bring supplies in but how do you distribute them? that allows you to coordinate first to find out where the needs are and, second, to have a system in place so you can get the food, the water, the medicine to where it needs to be. and that means getting communications equipment into the field, into the hands of people who can connect up with local officials, local public health authorities and local communities to figure out how to get the commodities that are flowing in into the hands of the people who need them. and then what you need to do as well is bring emergency generators in to begin to restore as much of the local certifica service as you can in this very difficult circums
blames the united states and israel for the assassination of one of its nuclear scientists. the bomb attack now ratcheting up tensions and iran's nuclear standoff with the west. i'm wolf blitzer in cnn's command center, for breaking news, politics and extraordinary reports from around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> all that coming up, but this just coming into "the situation room." a new breach of airline security, this time it's a potential health threat, not a terror threat. u.s. airways now confirms a person on the cdc's do not board list flew from philadelphia to san francisco on saturday. let's go to our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. what happened here? >> someone somewhere along the way dropped the ball. the way it words is the centers for disease control has a list of people who they think are basically a threat to public health, shouldn't be on a plane. this person was apparently on that list, the cdc gives the list to the tsa. the tsa is supposed to give that list to individual airlines, but something went wrong here. i find this next part a b
for. the haitian prime minister tells sky news the death toll could top 100,000. the united states and united nations are reluctant to confirm that we're just now getting our first aerial pictures in. the united states has sent choppers now flying over port-au-prince. as you're seeing here, you're looking at some of the damage. again, we're told port-au-prince is the main epicenter of the damage where buildings have collapsed. especially dangerous these concrete buildings where the roofs themselves were made out of concrete cinder block. when they fall in they cause devastating injury and damage. in many of the slums, the shelters are mostly lean tos, flimy. jeff rossen monitoring from new york. year getting aerial pictures in, the first we're seeing. let's talk about the estimates. if you have the president predicting 100,000 -- >> one of the senators said 500,000. >> any way to confirm that? >> u.s. officials believe, of course, this is a catastrophe. i don't think there's any question about that. they don't believe the numbers will be that high. what's tough about this situation
of the united states? >> greta: and the senator said what to you, sir? >> the senator said that he thought that it was constitutional. that the only reservation he had was the individual mandate that's in the bill. he said that would probably have to go to the supreme court. but he believed that the supreme court would approve it as being constitutional. >> greta: about how many people were present at this town hall meeting? >> by my guess around 280. there's 240 seats in the hall plus roughly 40 people standing either by the walls or sitting in the aisles. all the seats were filled. >> greta: it is considered a conservative area do you consider yourself republican, democrat, independent? >> i'm an active member of the republican party of waukesha county. >> greta: what percentage in the room were republicans and what percentage were democrats? >> i have no idea, but i do know that someone else took a straw poll of how many people favored this piece of legislation and how many were opposed. there were exactly 12 people in favor of it and everyone else opposed. so that would be roughly 90%
. one of the findings of the 9/11 commission was the ultimate threat to the united states was when the worst weapons fell into the hands of the worst people. that led congress to create our commission to evaluate what is our level of preparation to avoid the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, particularly into the hands of terrorists. so it was appropriate that we started the day by giving back to the beginnings of this effort with families 9/11. our report on today comes eight years after 9/11. it comes one year after the publication of the report which was entitled world at risk, purposefully titled to indicate this is not one nation's problem, this is a global problem because it is the earth which is at risk, and one month after the failed attempt at an aviation bombing on christmas day there is some good news. the good news is particularly in the area of nuclear terrorism that the trend lines here seem to be running in the right direction. president obama has taken major steps to revitalize the non-proliferation regime and to encourage needed international cooperatio
of the other agencies that are dealing with this unbelievable human tragedy. >>> the united states government has launched a massive recovery effort. america is doing the heavy lifting to help our neighbor. for more, let me bring in senator robert menendez. he chairs the foreign relations subcommittee that oversees u.s. aid. senator menendez, nice tough with us tonight. >> thank you, ed. and i wish it was a different -- a different topic we would be discussing. absolutely, sir. i know these are tough times. urgently what do we need to do as america right now? what do they have to have? they have to have everything, we are rebuilding a country right now, but as this relief effort has taken place what strikes you at this hour? >> well, at first, let me just say thoughts and prayers are with the haitian people and their families. many here in new jersey and throughout the united states. and what we are doing in the first instance, this is search and rescue, still with the hope and aspiration of saving lives. and those who are under the rubble, those who maybe trapped, as well as taking care of t
and reconstruction of how we deliver primary secondary education in the united states. and that's exactly what this panel is going to be discussing. very interesting papers on exactly that point by john chubb and steve wilson. and two inspired discussants. and without further ado, let me just say the presenters have 12 minutes each, the discussants 10 minutes each and if everybody is brisk we will have time for some conversation and discussion. take it away, john chubb. >> good morning. this morning and in the first panel you heard about mostly operational savings. now we're going to switch to the topic of educational opportunities. the country for the last two years has been going through the worst recession since the great depression. and every industry has been under enormous, enormous pressure to change. education is not unique in that regard. i want to start with an example. to illustrate this. the state of hawaii, like many other -- every other state in the nation has been under enormous pressure to try to deal with its budget gaps. it came to the decision last summer that it would balan
earthquake in haiti. it is a humanitarian disaster that has the united states president obama promising quick action. >> i have directed my administration to respond with a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives. >> that was the president just a short time ago vowing to provide all the help the u.s. can provide to haiti. i'm tamron hall with special live coverage of the unfolding situation in that country and it is quite honestly a desperate and very chaotic scene and around the capital of port-au-prince, the latest we're getting into msnbc. just a short time ago the humanitarian group doctors without borders says all hospitals in the port-au-prince area have been either collapsed or they are at this moment ab abandoned. as we are hearing from haiti's president for the first time who says he believes thousands are dead. the international red cross estimates 3 million people have been affected by the earthquake but it may take weeks before the full extent of the misery is truly known. and in about a half hour, we'll get an update from the state department and military officials
of the 17th district in florida. no politician in the united states is more personally affected by the tragedy here in haiti. little haiti in miami is entirely and congressman meek's district. how are your constituents faring? we are trying to get the computer situation sorted out to show the video of the dramatic rescue you witnessed but how are your constituents faring? >> they are suffering, many lost family members. they are also concerned about the family members. miami dade firefighters are here, rescue team. i have been with them half a day. and they rescued the 3-year-old little girl and they are rescuing a woman and two children right now. so i am very excited to be here. i also feel that it's a long-term recovery and many of my constituents will be a part of that recovery. in florida there are a lot of volunteers, a lot of missions, southern baptists are very much involved in what's going on here. so geraldo, i am very excited about all of the love that is pouring out throughout the world. especially from florida and from the united states. >> are you worried about the
in from around the world. >> people of haiti will have the full support of the united states. >> extensive team fox coverage of the horror in haiti. it's likely to become the greatest humanitarian crisis in this part of the world in decades. there is no way to know how many people lost their lives in that 7.0 quake. estimates of the death toll are all over the map, so we won't even guess. you heard the government prediction. tonight witnesses on the ground are describing the destruction as unimaginable. some of the images coming into our news room are predictably graphic. amateur video shows how the earth just opened up, flattening much of the capital, port-au-prince, a city of 2 million people. witnesses report human bodies are being piled in the streets. survivors tell us you can hear the cries of people and children trapped in the rubble on every corner. there is no equipment to unearth them, no first responders to help them, and tonight no relief aid to give them, no light even to see them. the united nations says the main prison in the capital collapsed. the police chief says more tha
to help haiti address its own problems. many haitian americans living in the united states have technical expertise in areas such as agriculture, education, health care and infrastructure and would like to return to haiti to assist their people. my bill creates a mechanism to transfer this knowledge in order to meet the needs and the goals of haiti. beyond that we need to ensure that we find other innovative ways to build human capacity, such through education alex changes, programs like i have proposed and other members, the chirly chisholm act, now more than ever, haiti needs the support of its neighbor to the north. even as we deal with our own problems during these tough economic times, we must not turn a blind eye to the untold human suffering just off our shores. today we express our continued support for haiti, we stand in solidarity with the haitians and the haitian americans who have lost loved ones, with the united states citizens still trapped on the island. we stand in solidarity with the rescue workers who have devoted their time and their treasure to help people they do not
on the ground. haiti's ambassador to the united states visited a relief hearing in washington today and passed on a request. send body bags. >> body bags because the way they are disposing of some of the corpses is very undigfy anied. >> shepard: witnesses tell of make shift graves popping up all over the capital and they are not being documented and therefore their friends and family members no one will know exactly who died, where or weather. survivors struggle to bury the dead. medical teams and relief workers fighting to keep the living alive. steve harrigan live in port-au-prince this evening. earlier today you said you are starting to see more hopeful signs. >> certainly, shep, we have seen a bigger international presence on o the streets and u.n. convoys and international red cross but really tough going for the people especially here in port-au-prince. when you knock down all the buildings you have to do everything in the street and for many the street has become the kitchen, the living room, the bathroom and for some even the cemetery. we are seeing people leave the city in hope of mo
clinton, the president of the united states from 1993 to 2001, and i will never forget, on the education of our 30th -- 30th anniversary, the very difficult situation where you joined us and where you made such a great speech. since that time, you have been with us, i think, every single year. and we are so glad to welcome you back, and particularly at this very special occasion. [applause] i think what people appreciate most is your sense of passion and the deep sense of humanity which you show always as an individual. it is not so much your formal work as a president which impresses everybody, but it is in addition -- you as a human being, which is such a great characteristic of yours. bill, you have a relationship with the country that dates back several decades. even you had your honeymoon in haiti. and since that time, i know that you had to spend a lot of your attention, of your time in your presidency but also after words with the clinton initiative in giving special attention to haiti. your knowledge of the country, its people, and its challenges has also been the reason why in m
the united states and japan, between the foreign minister and secretary clinton. they're really starting to cement their relationship. i can sense the chemistry and the trust developing between the two. that's deeply gratifying. in addition, the secretary gave a speech really outlining -- to interact with asia when it comes to its fledgling international organizations. and so even though the trip was abriefiated, i think we got quite a bit of work done. as p.g.a. indicated, this is today we're marking the 50th anniversary of the u.s.-japan security alliance, the security partnership. it's no exaggeration to say that it has been the cornerstone and the foundation of everything that we've managed to accomplish over the course of the last few generations inin asia. and we hear this not just from japanese friends but throughout the region. over the course of the last couple of months, as the united states and japan worked together on a series of challenging matters, one of the things that's been most interesting and gratifying is how much we hear from other countries in the region, from sout
of haiti. our coverage continues from the united states, from haiti and beyond on this special edition of "studio b." i'm shepard smith, i'm glad you're with us. president obama pledging support of the united states government in the wake of the earthquake in haiti. relief flights from the u.s. government and self states from the nation. air force special operations wing due there this afternoon as well as coast guard and naval ships. chinese officials and rescue workers are there. the uss karl vincent is due there tomorrow. the u.s. state department set up a toll free hot line. 888-407-4747. if you can't get through try again later. mike with air travel severely limited ships are expected to play a vital role? assistance. >> no question. you have an airport with one runway to limited airport facilities to get people into and out of haiti. so ships will be vital. here's the commander of south com. >> we have various ships in the region, coast guard ships and department of defense. they have limited supplies on them but they have some vertical lift capability. some helicopters. >> so th
compound. >> perhaps a new foundry respect for the united states military. >> the military i have been dealing with the 82nd air porn the me aspiring to a new level. >> as the official body count in the haiti earthquake surpasses 150,000 frustration over the pass of relief. >> we have doctors at the airport and we have a nurse here that said she had 8 tons of medical supplies already on three planes in chicago that she cannot get flown in here. >> i certainly feel their str frustration. i see it on the streets. i go out every day. >> desperate, hungry and some just grieving looters go through the ruins taking everything not tied down. tonight we focus on the angels striving to redeem hell on the earth. also tonight kimberly has the latest on drew peterson, the sex clinic trying to tame the tiger and jay leno striking back. we begin in haiti with the latest. >> hi everybody welcome to a place that every american indeed every person of goodwill should be proud of. the amazing emergency medical center erected by project medishare part of university of miami global institute. behind me the
here in the united states now. british authority said there's no specific intelligence of any planned attack but urge residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities. >>> and you're hearing about how americans view year one of president obama's presidency. see the difference overseas, is there a difference between what the people are saying here versus overseas? >>> and counterfeit diet capsules can kill you. interesting thing he's are diet capsules of ones you see every day in your local supermarket or pharmacy, right on the shelf, over the counter. so you want to pay attention. we'll tell you where the fake versions are being sold. >>> i want to say buyer beware. you see right there over my shoulder -- this side. those pills you have seen them on the shelves and seen the commercials. really be careful. this is a buyer beware if you're taking allil alli, the diet pil or just bought a bottle, you need to make sure they're not the fake ones. the fake ones can actually make you very sick and they can actually kill you we're being told. the fda warned consumers counterf
about that, to suggest that the president of the united states would then come out and try to use this in some domestic political sense and was somehow favoring -- i'm not sure of the logic, he favored the 500,000 dead in haiti over the one bomber injured in detroit in some way. i'm not following it. >> it makes no sense. and, you know, aren't we all appalled that our president would mount a rescue effort to try to save thousands, tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of people who are either dying right now or who will die in the next few days if they don't get help? you know, shame on the president for trying to alleviate that suffering and prevent those deaths. it's just a ridiculous thing to say. and i hope even his audience of dittoheads realizes that. >> you are dittoing naked, mad, insanity, and racism. eugene robinson, pulitzer prize-winning columnist of "the washington post," and also of msnbc, always a relief to talk to you under these circumstances. >> it's good to talk to you, except under bad circumstances. >> thank you, sir. that's "countdown." now to contin
an attack possibly here in the united states. we will have the breaking details just ahead. >>> hello, everybody, i'm david shuster live in new york. let's get the very latest on the situation on the ground in haiti. nbc's kerry sanders is at the airport in port-au-prince where a massive international relief effort is being staged. and kerry, what are you seeing right now? >> reporter: well, david, this is a makeshift ambulance here. americans are being evacuated out. nancy, who is from dallas, is among those who is evacuating out. first of all, your health, how are you? >> i have a pelvic problem but otherwise doing well. >> reporter: great. where were you when the buildings collapsed when the quake hit? >> we were in an eye clinic. >> reporter: so did anything collapse on you? >> oh, yes, a lot of concrete. a lot of concrete ceiling. >> reporter: how did you get dug out? >> several men finally took about two or three hours. two of our girls were completely covered. my upper body was still out. we have one critical, but she's doing good, getting good care now. >> reporter: nancy, tel
of those who have been arrested, engaged in or having committed terrorist acts in the united states in the last month were in communication with persons on the internet. they never met the necessarily in person but they were highly influenced by their messaging. i gave a speech about a week ago really defending strongly internet freedom but i also pointed out that the internet is a neutral tool, and increasingly we are having to face, whether it is the u.s., u.k. or yemen, the threats coming from beyond our borders that cannot be, as david said come up ginned on any event in a particular place. it is an accumulation of influences, and i think we have to look more thoughtfully at this and i think there is a role for the free media to play because we need a countermessage to young people, who for whatever reason, seek out these voices of the extremism, and i think that is something that governments need help in doing on both a technological basis and in terms of the media's narrative. >> we will definitely take another question but thank you very much indeed. [laughter] >> on tomorrow
sense of energy that you always have at this time, just before the president of the united states comes in and speaks before the entire u.s. congress. the difference now is that that electricity has a sense of uncertainty in it, a big sense of uncertainty, and anxiety among democrats who didn't think that they would have this much anxiety this early in an election year but i got to tell you, still the overwhelming sense, even more than a week after the election in massachusetts is a sense of shock among democrats, and that is the kind of audience predominantly that the president is going to be facing here. ed was talking about health care. we know that that is in dire straights. all day long democratic leaders trying to figure out how to salvage that and jobs, what everybody wants to hear the president talk about. when it comes to the senate because they don't have that 60-vote majority anymore, we're already hearing that they're trying to scale back that, and maybe from their perspective, call the republicans' bluff a little bit and try to put forward some of the issues that they think
and bush outside the oval office where they pledged that the united states would help to rebuild haiti. >> it will be difficult. it is an enormous challenge to distribute the aid safely and quickly in a place that has suffered such destruction. >> i know a lot of people want to send blankets or water, just send your cash. one thing the president and i will do is make sure the money is spent wisely. >> what these men have said is true. it is still one of the most remarkable in the places i have ever been. they can escape their history and build a better future if we do our part. >> the united nations said the haiti disaster is the worst it has ever confronted. it is estimated that 200,000 people died with 2 million homeless. hundreds of thousands of people are still waiting for the aid to reach them. logistical problems and violence hindered the efforts. this report from port-au-prince contains a distressing images. >> this is port-au-prince from the air. you can see how these size and importance of the building was its curse. this was the supreme court. this was the presidential palace
of us in the united states, we should just imagine something like katrina happening to the capital of the united states. god forbid. but it is this chaos. already this is the country, haiti, struggling to reach certain levels of development. that is why the united nations stabilization mission has been there. so it's a challenge already. they have suffered four hurricanes over the past few months. so to have this on top of everything, it's a shock to the system. they need all the help they can get right now. >> only a short time left. but i'm wondering, are you worried about other cities outside of the capital? >> yeah, i think leogane is a ty that we believe is 80% to 90% damaged. 40,000 population. further south to port-au-prince, jacmel. so, yes. the focus should not be on the capital city alone, we should think about other parts of the country. that is very, very important. >> thank you very much. >> my pleasure, martin. >>> of course, the destruction in haiti has been called one of the worst humanitarian crises in a generation. and it has generated extraordinary efforts to hel
calamity occurs. in an attempt to get at that last one, the eyes of the world turn to the united states where president obama spoke again today. >> the entire world stands with the government and the people of haiti, for in haiti's devastation we all see the common humanity that we share. gwen: so what is the scope of the u.s. public and private response so far? helene? >> well, this has been -- the scale of this disaster has been so huge and right on america's doorstep that for the obama administration, their response had to be huge. i mean, when you're talking about 50,000, 100,000 people killed, no matter where this had happened in the world, the united states would have responded. but when you're talking about somewhere that's right on our doorstep, the response had to be huge. i think for president obama, this is the first full-scale catastrophe, humanitarian type disaster of his presidency. he was determined from the start that he was going to be, you know, right up on top of it, within 30 minutes of him being informed on tuesday about the earthquake, he already had convened his n
, but we need 120 or 130,000 net new jobs every month in the united states just to hold the unemployment rate where it is. and we've lost, perhaps, 8 million in the decade. so to claw back and actually have a total employment growth with rising labor income, in my view, i'm not as optimistic as michelle. >> a lot of people do feel if we start to see some job growth and if indeed the numbers match what your expectations are that the fed might move on interest rates. do you agree? >> i think that that is going to be willing to tolerate faster growth, if as long as the inflation situation remains under control. you know, as david said, even with our optimistic employment numbers it's going take -- it's going to take years to get the unemployment back toward the level it was at before we went into this recession and as long as the unemployment rate is slack in the economy, the fed doesn't think inflation will be a problem. so they're going to stand, i think they'll stand pat, but i think they may be surprised and inflation will never be as tame as they expect and as the economy improves we'l
immigrants living here in the united states. because of the earthquake they will be granted 18 months of temporary protective status. >> tps is what it's called. while haitians here see it as an opportunity to push for changes, our ed lavandera says it's not an open invitation for haitians to come over. >> reporter: thousands of haitian immigrants, many in the united states illegally, are applying for what's called temporary protective status or tps. it allows haitian nationals to live in the u.s. legally for the next 18 months. for years, haitian americans lobbied for tps but many advocates now see an opportunity to make bigger changes, to ease years of immigration restrictions towards haitians coming to the united states. >> this now is an opportunity for haiti to change. this is the time right now. and many people this is the last time. a lot of people feel like this is our time. >> reporter: horrifying images like these have been common in the ocean waters between the united states and haiti. it's a dangerous and deadly journey for many who try to make it to american shores. every
. they were not allowed to live with you in the united states because the authorities wouldn't let them scloc; is that right? >> that's right, it's actually an adoption case. we got approval for the adoption in the united states but haiti was really slow in the process. >> so you were going back and forth from the united states to spend time with your daughters. the earthquake hits, you don't know if they're alive or not. justin, you come into the picture. what happened? >> yes, sir. katie came to see me a-- kenned, we talked about what we needed to do and i tried to assist her with small things, getting assistance on the ground and i helped her in what i could. the small things started to become larger things. it was such a compelling story. you look into the eyes of a distraught mother, you want to do nothing more than help. so there was a moment where i just said, kennedy, i want to come with you. and when she agreed to let me come, the journey began. it was a very arduous one, but it had a happy ending. >> kennedy, how did you get to haiti from texas. >> we booked a flight to the dominica
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